A murder investigation has been launched after the body of an elderly woman was found at an allotment.Police officers discovered the 80-year-old in the early hours of Tuesday morning, just 25 minutes after she was reported missing.A body was found in a lock-up store in Colindale, north west London, and the woman was confirmed dead at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said. Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “At this stage we are keeping an open mind about any possible motive and would ask any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.”I make a direct appeal to anyone with links to these allotments who would have visited or had been in or around the area throughout Monday 27 February, into the early hours of the following morning.”An elderly woman lost her life in the most tragic way possible and was left inside a storage unit similar to a garage. If you know anything please contact us.” The force said officers were keeping an “open mind” about any possible motive. At around 2:05am on Tuesday, police had gone to the allotments, as part of searches for the woman who was reported missing at 1:40am.A post-mortem examination took place at Northwick Park Hospital on Wednesday, but police said the cause of death is not being disclosed at this time. Detectives launch murder investigation following discovery of elderly woman’s body #Barnet https://t.co/9AGalEGptP pic.twitter.com/cgz0uTPyAf— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 1, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.